Waste­ful Mag­pies put faith in McLeod

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Gas­coyne

RI­CARDO Moniz hopes new sign­ing Izale McLeod has brought his shoot­ing boots to Meadow Lane af­ter his side’s waste­ful­ness cost them all three points at home to Ac­cring­ton.

Af­ter hit­ting the bar in the first half Graham Burke grabbed the game’s first goal 15 min­utes from time as he headed home Liam Noble’s cross.

But Noble then saw red for a strong chal­lenge on Josh Win­dass and Matt Crooks made the ex­tra man count with an 89th minute equaliser.

Ear­lier in the day Notts County an­nounced they had brought in McLeod from Crawley Town for a six-fig­ure fee, and Mag­pies man­ager Moniz is keep­ing his fin­gers crossed his new striker can make all the dif­fer­ence.

“We must have had at least ten chances to score early on and we didn’t make the most of them, it’s ridicu­lous,” he said.

“The play­ers played fan­tas­ti­cally at times cre­at­ing a lot of chances for them­selves which lifted the at­mos­phere in the ground, but in the end we just didn’t re­ward our­selves for our chances.

“That’s why I’m happy that new sign­ing Izale McLeod is here at the club now.The fans de­serve to see us do well and score goals. With­out scor­ing we can’t reach the top of our game.”

Burke came clos­est to a goal in the first 45 min­utes but he saw his fierce shot crash against the bar. Af­ter the break Adam Camp- bell and Ge­naro Sni­jders were de­nied by Ac­cring­ton goal­keeper Jason Mooney only for Burke to head home Noble’s cross with 15 min­utes left.

But Notts County were then re­duced to ten men and Crooks cap­i­talised, lash­ing home a bob­bling ball with just a minute of nor­mal time re­main­ing.

And Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley boss John Coleman was less than im­pressed with the per­for­mance of ref­eree Lee Swabey and his of­fi­cials.

He said: “I don’t want to harp on about our bud­get but ev­ery­one knows we’ve got the small­est bud­get so we’re al­ways go­ing to be the lit­tlest team in the league.

“When you’ve got to then put up with com­pet­ing for scraps off of­fi­cials, which we did here, it gets a whole lot harder – it was bor­der­line em­bar­rass­ing.

“In the end he had no choice but to send off their player, it’s a no-brainer. We’ve just got to face facts that we’re a lit­tle club that’s never go­ing to get the rub of the green.

“It’s not so much the ma­jor de­ci­sions, it’s the flow of the game that gets put in the op­po­si­tion’s favour when you come to places like this, and it’s not right.

“It should be a level play­ing field and it never is and it never will be. When the ref­eree looks at the video of the game he’ll re­alise that he has prob­a­bly had bet­ter days.”

STAR MAN GRAHA

M BURKE Notts

County

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